About a month ago I harvested some silverthorn berries. Although they didn’t have much flesh on them to get a taste of I thought they might be good candidates for infusing vodka with. Turns out this was spot on!
Like canning, infusions are another way to preserve things you harvest. I filled a sealable jar about three quarters of the way full with silverthorn berries, then I topped the jar up with vodka. I left the jar on the kitchen counter and sampled a taste along and along. After a couple of weeks the flavor began to really show up in the taste. If I had to compare it to something I would say that it has a cherry-ish flavor.
Yesterday, I poured off the vodka and it was an amberish color. It turned out really good! The seeds of the berries are so big that it would be hard to get enough of the berries to do anything with like jelly or jam, but you could try it. I dried out a couple of seeds and peeled the pod away from the seed and put those into a ziplock bag with a damp paper towel. They germinated in about two weeks so now I know that silverthorn seeds don’t have to be stratified. It’s a harvestable winter fruit and I am also saving lots of seeds for a hedge one day.